& Metal Stairs,
In-Progress Designs #1.
Here are a two images of some in progress designs.
Here are a two images of some in progress designs.
People often compare the price of wood vs metal. In cases of high-end wood materials, it is comparable. However, once wood gets any type of damage, filler materials and glue never fix it right.
On the flip side, heavyweight, high-quality railings last forever.
Customers often have wood railings that are mostly intact but, at some point, they receive some type of damage that is either costly or extremely difficult to do without significant refinishing.
Fully welded steel railings don't have these problems. It’s a one-and-done solution that allows the customer to essentially purchase exactly what they want by working out a custom design with us and never have to worry about it again.
A few of the materials used:
This project is made from American 1x3 HSS tubing for the top cap.
Using 1/4 x 1 pickets on edge with the cap proved make a substantial railing.
The main benefits iron gates provide are primarily their strength and durability. To be more specific, iron gates are easier to repair than aluminum gates, and offer much high levels of security aluminum gates as well.
Iron gates are often used in high-end residential installations. Typically, iron's chosen when the customer wants a) a custom gate design and b) where aluminm is not be strong enough or suitable for the application.
In commercial applications, iron gates are used more commonly utilized in areas that have frequent traffic. This is because aluminum gates get damaged in high traffic areas and the parts holding it together generally don't last as long (due to the volume of openings, for example).
Another benefit iron gates provide is their ability to secure a person's property from break-in's and vehicle damage. If you look in the US, such as properties in New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc., you will see houses with heavy iron gates and heavy iron railings that were fabricated and installed before modern welding existed. Heavy iron gates are still in existence today in Europe, and many of these are few hundred years old up (even up to 1000 years!!!) with restorations being performed on them when required.
Understanding what you're getting when you're purchasing a gate ensures that you don't hav to worry about your project after it's completed.
Customization of iron gates or railings is highly flexible. The material when heated moves like clay, all-be-it-several-times harder when it cools (don't worry we have a hammer for that, too). We love what we do, and we will take your vision, create a mold, and form the iron and steel into a one-off custom piece that fits perfectly onto your property.
We care about project, considering each one to be an investment in ourselves and our customer.
A little bit about or process.
Our process is simple.
This railing was created for a customer that wanted something that hybridized two designs in a way you may have never seen before. We took heavy solid steel spindles, which are hammer forged, and twisted them into a laborious but beautiful final piece. We then painstakingly polish these spindles throughout the twists to brighten them up, creating a clean and crisp finish.
We then used 10mm monolithic tempered glass suspended throughout the near-frame-less design with 1 1/2 inch stainless steel standoffs. The top rail is 3/8 x 2 solid bar. This design choice required some serious finesse to keep it straight as all of the components were flexible though-out the installation process.
Because the spindles were handmade, it required some hand-fitting to make the glass fit just right.
All of it this is bolted to the structure of the building, and the glass acts as a structural component that holds the railing, decreasing the flexibility inherent in the steel.
This ultra, heavyweight entryway railing was a really unique and amazing piece that we created for some amazing customers of ours. This railing was dressed up to the nines. And while it didn’t need to be curved, we curved it because it was what made the customer happy. We also added 1" solid square steel pickets because we thought they would really look amazing on this design.
The curved railing style is traditional and is the highlight of it’s time. The curve in this railing is (now a days) done with a machine. However, given this railing’s heritage, we placed it in the forge and curved it by hand. And that’s what makes this design stand out.
The first step was taking a look at the deck's configuration. It turned out to be more complex than your typical deck. Given that, we figured out an attractive solution on our CAD software and sent the client the drawing after they committed to the project.
Then, we built each and every frame and piece, testing it, fitting it, and then returned to our shop for the next step in the metal fabrication process.
We selected to a 1x3 cap with rounded corners for the top. This gave the railing depth and robustness.
We chose to leave a 3 7/8 space from the top with our 1x2 midrail, and we used 1/4 x 1 solid aluminum for our vertical pickets. These provide a very minimal view obstruction straight on but still maintain a nice depth when viewed from an angle.
Then we sanded and finished the entire project to perfection.
Once finished, it was sent for a matt-black powder-coating, designed, fabricated and installed by us.
This serperntine railing was created for a beautiful and unique garden in West Vancouver. The customer had a large, curved, concrete retaining wall that needed an attractive solution for this amazing home.
To be frank, this type of project takes an incredible of time and care to produce something amazing because it involves sculpting the railing to exactly fit the home.
Serpentine Railing Design Notes:
We custom formed a 2 1/4 moulded cap rail of steel in many different radii to fit this project.
The materials we used are 3/8 x 1 1/2 steel flat-bar for the bottom rail, 1 1/2 HSS tubing posts, and 5/8 solid square bar.
Once we created the railing, We came back and cored out the basalt steps and concrete wall. Then, we filled the holes to create the most smoothest, cleanest look possible.
2 other handrails and 2 angled railings with cast and forged details polished to perfection with dynafiles were also created.
This type of project will create an amazing look to fit specialized custom homes.
We designed and installed this custom wrought iron railing in Abbotsford, BC. The customer asked us to design something unique. Two important features were that the railings weren't overly imposing, and it felt light to allow things to flow though the room.
We made small, rectangular frames and paralleogram frames for the angled sections out of 1/2 sq, sanding them to perfection. This railing has 3/8 x 2 flatbar for a topcap with a completely customized lambs tounge on the end of the angled railings for the finishing touch. And the finish is a matt black powdercoating.
We love how our unique process of designing this railing and its final finishing really makes this railing pop.